Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Hungry Like the Wolf - Song Analysis

I was listening to the radio the other day and Duran Duran’s “Hungry like a Wolf” came on. I made the mistake of actually listening to the lyrics rather than screaming along to the song out the window and irritating the local citizens.

Like all good 80s songs…this one makes no literary sense. Let’s take a look…

Dark in the city night is a wire
Steam in the subway earth is afire
Do do do do do do do dodo dododo dodo


I’m lost already. What exactly does a wire in the city have to do with the subway? And when did Duran Duran write this song? During the NYC blackout? It’s NEVER dark in the city. Based on the catchy last bit, I’m guessing he’s trying to find the bathroom…

Woman you want me give me a sign
And catch my breathing even closer behind
Do do do do do do do dodo dododo dodo

I’ll give you one guess what kind of sign I’d receive if I went up to some hot woman in the city and said “Woman you want me, give me a sign.” And obviously that’s the same sign he got because based on the next lyric line he’s stalking her. Of course, she gets away safe because he’s got to go to the bathroom again…

This next piece of lyrical loony business needs an extreme breakdown…

In touch with the ground
I'm on the hunt I'm after you


Unless you’re Aladdin on your flying carpet, I’d say we’re always in touch with the ground. But apparently after he used the bathroom he continued his stalking ways…

Smell like I sound I'm lost in a crowd.
And I'm hungry like the wolf.

Ok, let’s stop right here. It was this lyric that got my head scratching in the car. Smell like I sound? What on Earth does THAT mean? I guess if you like Duran Duran then it’s a good thing and if their songs are like nails on a chalkboard…well…probably not good smelling either and in that case it’s a major bummer for the crowd he’s lost in.

Which brings us to the title, “Hungry like the wolf”… Are wolves really hungrier than other animals? I think they got a bad rap here. Lions hang around the Serengeti in a natural all-you-can-eat buffet so surely they must get hungrier. And what about Sloths? They don’t even move and they sleep about 20 of 24 hours…surely they must be ravished!

Straddle the line in discord and rhyme
I'm on the hunt I'm after you.
Mouth is alive with juices like wine
And I'm hungry like the wolf


I’m not even going to pretend to make sense out of the first part of this lyric. I have no idea what he’s talking about other than stalking her yet again. But the whole wine/juice thing…I’m not sure wine is really a juice. I don’t see it served over at the grade school.

Stalked in the forest too close to hide
I'll be upon you by the moonlight side
Do do do do do do do dodo dododo dodo

Do you get the feeling he’s not a very good hunter too? He couldn’t catch her in the city because he kept using the bathroom and now they’re in the forest? At night? Unless he’s so close that she’s giving him a piggyback ride, I’m thinking she could hide anywhere in a forest at night and he’d miss her…

Ok…the song goes on and on and continues with strange 80s babbling…but you get the idea…

33 comments:

CatLadyLarew said...

Oh come on, VE... you know you love this song just because you get to say "do do". *giggles hysterically*

Wait... am I first? How did that happen?

CatLadyLarew said...

Well... I actually WAS first, but I made so many silly spelling mistakes on my first try, I had to delete it. Lord knows I wouldn't want anyone thinking I was a spelling oaf!

Hey... now I think I'm first, second AND third!

sharonheg said...

The lyrics to "Hungry Like the Wolf" have NOTHING on "Knights in White Satin," LOL!

Roy said...

Wha do you expect? Duran Duran was never about music, it was all about the pretty boys prancing on the stage in Spandex and leather and posing for photos.

Beth said...

I’m still laughing at the “do do” interpretation!

Gladys said...

The reason he is hungry like the wolf (notice he says THE wolf? what is that about?) is because he do do doo doo's all the time.

Anne said...

maybe if you had something between your ears, you wouldn't get stuck with the first stanza. It's very clear.

The Incredible Woody said...

As with a lot of song lyrics, they made more sense when in the drug-induced haze.

VE said...

Catladylarew – Any excuse to say “do do” is worth it! And I saw what you wrote on that first comment!! What a foul mouth!!! (just kidding)

Sharonheg – Hmmmm…that is something you don’t see much of. I’ll have the gnomes investigate…

Roy – I’d accept that reasoning but it doesn’t explain their excellent 90s song “Ordinary World”. Spandex was long gone by that time and the song is quite well written and catchy.

Beth – Am I the only one that made that interpretation leap?

Gladys – It is a lot of bathrooming. And good point on “THE” wolf…I don’t think they’re that extinct…

Anne – (VE’s notes to himself: Another attempt by Anne to make VE feel bad…it didn’t work yet again, he likes having nothing between his ears…it makes him feel light-headed)

Incredible woody – Ah, it’s in the translation. I’ll run it through babelfish for a proper translation from Stoner to English…

ReformingGeek said...

LOL!

What a crazy song. I guess hungry like a coyote didn't work for them.

Janna said...

I've always wondered about that "Smell like I sound" thing.

Here's hoping I sound like fresh mountain breeze with a hint of citrus.

No, wait. That's my laundry detergent.

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

Silly me, I had commented on yesterdays post and almost forgot today's!

Subby said...

Deconstructionist.

Now that I think of it( and thanks for the earworm, btw ), maybe someone got a liiiiitttle too close to that third rail wire in the subway?

Roy Scribner said...

What about the girl moaning at the end? I think that makes the song, right there.

Quirkyloon said...

I, for one, am grateful that you don't smell like you sound.

At least I don't think you do.

Can wifeypoo answer this question.

Now that would be a great post: A VE Interview by Wifeypoo.

VE said...

Reforminggeek – And it’s ironic because they always look hungry…

Janna – Ha! I didn’t even know they made noisy laundry detergent…and here I thought it was always just the washer or the dryer making all that racket. I guess I stereotyped!

Perpetual chocoholic – That would be a BIG mistake! Each post is like a precious morsel to be savored…

Subby – Is that a career or a spiritual state? Do I have to go to school to become one?

Roy – See there…you actually made it to the end…crazy!

Quirkyloon – Now that would be interesting…

Mrsupole said...

Dang, I got sidetracked and forgot I hadn't written anything after reading this. Good thing I checked.

They are so drugged up when they record songs, that they forgot most of the words, and with the manager also being drugged up with them, he tells the studio guys, "Hey that's a wrap." Then it gets made into a recording sent out to the stations. What are they gonna do, admit they screwed up due to drugs, nope they just say that is how they wanted it and looks like it is a hit.

Yup they are hungry, hungry for our money so they can buy more drugs.

I say make drugs legal, then tax them. I mean aren't "taxes" just another word for "gobernent drugs".

Damn hungry gobernent wolves.

God bless.

Subby said...

VE, it could lead to a career, tho' you may want to take some political science courses

The gnomes made me say that, I swear!

The Silver Fox said...

Actually, as I learned while transcribing lyrics for a mostly-cover band, some songs really do make sense, if you struggle to find their meaning. "White Room" by Cream is an example. I also love the purposely-awkward sentence construction in David Gilmour's "There's No Way Out of Here."

Having said all of that... Dis song ain't one o'dem.

The Silver Fox said...

BTW, extrapolating from your "doo doo" inference, would the Rolling Stones' "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)" be about guns, drugs, a bad love affair... and something earthier, like constipation or hemorrhoids?

Ms. Gibson said...

Oh wah, blogger ate my comment.
Here I go again:
I just KNEW I would find some comical yet disturbing images here!
Thanks.
Happy TT

VE said...

Mrsupole – Drugs help explain so much of the world…

Subby – But is there really any science to the political arena? That seems like one of those oxy-morons…

Silver fox – I find it troubling that you are looking for meaning in David Gilmour songs and that you understand them! But I think you hit it with the Rolling Stones one…they HAVE to be constipated by now…

Ms. Gibson – You’re comment didn’t get eaten…you just checked the wrong post. But that’s ok…now you get credit for two posts and that catapults you up my blog list…

Jaime said...

hmm...this song gets even stranger when you actually know the lyrics.

but even as weird as the song is, it's still better than half the crap that they try to pass off as music today.

oh no...did i just say that? does that m ake me old?

aladdinsane12 said...

i was about to say "duh! subways use those sticky uppy wires to run!" but then i realized that's bumper cars...same thing!

Elizabeth said...

This is one of those songs that I sang all the words to, very loudly in my car, ut never really listend to them. I guess that turned out to be a good thing ;)

Subby said...

VE, d'oh! It is. I mean if it wasn't any oxymoron we couldn't have another one...like say..."civil war"( obscure George Carlin reference )...

lime said...

ya know, i didn't like duran duran back when they first came out. time has done nothing to sway that opinion. thanks for skewering them. i needed that.

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gab said...

ARE YOU SERIOUS? THATS A SONG? REALLLLLLY? OMG. Ive never heard of it. guess its a good thing too I was so confused trying to make heads and tails of those words. do do do dodo lol

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VE said...

Jaime – It’s true…but there are still new songs I like…but not in the rap genre…oh hell, no!

Aladdinsane12 – Are you suggesting we install bumper cars in our subways? Cool…

Elizabeth – That’s so true…

Subby – I don’t know that any George Carlin reference is obscure…sometimes obscene…

Lime – You’re welcome!

Jingle – Never mention meme when you’re posting about doodoo…

Gab – I see you’ve forgotten the 80s. Congrats!

Jingle – I only take cash, of course…

Cheryl said...

Both Durans tried way too hard to rhyme and missed the point of meaningfulness by a . . . um, was there a point? I mean besides having bowel problems.

VE said...

They spend too much time
Trying to rhyme
It's so easy
It makes me quesy